Providence Doubles DUI Arrests

As reported in the January 8, 2013 edition of channel 10 news, the Providence Police Department has nearly doubled its number of drunk driving arrests for 2012. In 2012, the police made 330 DUI arrests compared to 170 DUI arrest in 2011. According to its Chief, in past years, the Providence Police have focused more on serious violent offenses. However, the Providence Police have since expanded their Traffic Division and received grant money to help with DUI arrests.

Pursuant to R.I.G.L. 31-27-2, drunk driving is defined as whoever drives or otherwise operates any vehicle in the state while under the influence of any intoxicating liquor, drugs, toluene, or any controlled substance as defined in chapter 28 of title 21, or any combination of these, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor except as provided in subdivision (d)(3) and shall be punished as provided in subsection (d) of this section.

The penalties if convicted of drunk driving vary based on the breath test results of the motorist. The penalties range from $100 to $500.00 fine, ten (10) to sixty (60) hours of community service, one (1) month to eighteen (18) months loss of license, participation in DUI school or alcohol/drug treatment and costs and assessments. The additional penalty of up to one (1) year imprisonment is rarely, if ever, imposed in a first offense DUI arrest.

If you or a family member has been charged with drunk driving – first offense, drunk driving – second offense or other alcohol offenses, please allow Attorney Robert H. Humphrey's reputation, experience and skill to successfully guide you through the legal process. Please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at

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